BEATS & BRUNCH @ LAFITE, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Weekends are meant for food and relaxation.  That’s why weekend brunches are a dime a dozen, almost every cafe/restaurant/hotel worth its salt has a brunch to offer in this city.  In the sea of masses, what do you choose?

You choose something that’s a bit different, a bit unique perhaps?  Then go no further than Lafite at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.  There’s a new concept of brunch at Lafite now on every first Sunday of the month, known as Beats and Brunch!  Starting at 12noon till 3.00pm, indulge on an array of “all you can eat” contemporary French cuisine with delicious entrées, mains, desserts and a la minute delights prepared by Executive Chef Olivier Pistre.  Oh did I say there’s also free-flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne, wines and cocktails?

Free-flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne!

Executive Chef Olivier Pistre

Executive Chef Olivier Pistre with Executive Pastry Chef Paul Gardin

Try all the cocktails 🙂

A mountain of Cadoret oysters!

Things also get jived up with live DJ music as I busied myself at the oysters counter where fresh juicy Cadoret oysters are replenished diligently.  These babies were really good, dripping with marine sweetness at every bite.  I think I had at least a dozen all by myself!

Cherries and strawberries were in season – lucky me!  They went extremely well with the oysters and champagne, trust me.

Cheese selection

The pace picked up as the service crew flitted around the restaurant topping up champagne, wine and serving endless plates of the chef’s signature appetisers such as cold cherry tomato shooters, eggs with smoked salmon, gratinated lobster thermidor, among others.

Lobster for brunch

 

You can be assured that your mains are always served freshly cooked as orders have to be placed for them.  The mains are 6 gourmet specials of Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef, Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud, Eggs Parfait and Grilled Octopus.

My personal favourite was the Seared Scallops – big fat Hokkaido ones seared perfectly and served with artichoke velour sauce.  Yes, you can have as many as you like and I think I had at least six of these!

Slow cooked Spanish Lamb Shoulder served with red onions, parmesan gnocchi, pomegranate gel and lamb jus

Grilled Octopus – Japanese octopus grilled and served with corn cream, Japanese black garlic puree and provencal sauce vierge (French sauce made from olive oil, lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, onions and garlic)

Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef – beef grilled and smoked with Cohiba cigars and served with cauliflower puree, lemon gel and oyster & seaweed emulsion

Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud – cod fish from France cooked a la minute and served with white beans ragout, baby squid and veal jus

 

Desserts galore!

Save some space for the desserts because you definitely do not want to skip those.  Besides the selection of dainty French pastries and cakes at the dessert counter, you can also order their specials: French Rum Baba and Chocolate Surprise.

French Rum Baba – sponge cake soaked in rum syrup, topped with Chantilly cream and served with pistachio sponge, raspberries and raspberry gel.

Chocolate Surprise – traditional dessert made with Sable Breton crumble (French shortbread cookies).  Presented with vanilla ice cream, chocolate ball, chocolate syphon, fresh blackberries and old chocolate sauce, it’s something to die for!

Chef Paul Gardin, Executive Pastry Chef making delectable ice-cream candies to thrilled diners

 

As mentioned, the Beats and Brunch affair at Lafite takes place on every first Sunday of the month from 12 noon till 3.00pm.  It’s priced at RM499 nett per person.

For reservations or further information, please call 03-2074-3900 or email restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com or visit www.shangri-la-specials.com

 

LAFITE
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2032-2388

 

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SAPORE – authentic Italian & Spanish-Mediterranean Flavours in Ampang

What is “flavours” in Italian? SAPORE, of course and it’s an apt name for a restaurant that celebrates the authentic flavours of not only Italian food but also Spanish-Mediterranean favourites. Located in a quiet suburb in Ampang, Sapore Restaurant is the quintessential neighbourhood eatery that beckons with delicious comfort food and a relaxing place to just chill out with artisanal food and fine wines.

Chill and relax in this casual cosy space!

Owned by Chef Fabio Ruggiero, a talented chef who has turned Sapore into a popular venue serving a good selection of dishes prepared and cooked with passion. With his talent and vast experience garnered from various 5-star hotels in Italy and London and more recently, from Marini’s on 57, Chef Fabio’s creations are remarkable indeed.  Here there’s no fancy fine-dine stuff… diners come for the premium quality ingredients used unabashedly by Chef Fabio in his tasty dishes.

Freshly-baked focaccia studded with herbs and dried fruits

The regulars know exactly when to appear for their favourite specials, like the Paella Party every Sunday. I wondered if they had actually smelled the crazy good aromas from the bubbling rice and meats in the flat pan – they all came when the paella was just about ready to be served!

Watching Chef Fabio cook the Sunday paella, I could appreciate how hearty that big pan of deliciousness was. Chef Fabio’s version of this popular Spanish rice dish used Iberico pork neck to give it that robust intense flavour while the fresh prawns contributed a marine sweetness to the grains. True enough, once the paella was served, I couldn’t stop eating it, which is really crazy because I’m not a rice fan actually! The paella is usually ready by around noontime on Sundays.

You will be tempted for more of this!

If you come earlier on a weekend, then catch some of Sapore’s popular breakfast dishes. The Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon that we had was scrumptious – eggs done just right and so satisfying when eaten with the smoked salmon on baguette slices.

Breakfast/brunch on weekends!

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon (RM28)

When we spotted Guanciale Ham as one of the ingredients, we just had to order the Spaghetti Carbonara and it was an excellent choice especially when there’s also Pecorino in it!

Spaghetti Carbonara (RM28) with Guanciale Ham, eggs and Pecorino cheese

One of Sapore’s main attractions is their tapas, both hot and cold types. It’s quite the thing to do here…people love the tapas, cold cuts charcuterie, antipasti or just a selection of excellent cheese to go with their wines, beers or cocktails.

We checked out some of their tapas bestsellers…

Baby Octopus stewed with Tomato (RM22)

Spanish Green Olives (RM12)

Salad Beetroot & Queso de Cabra – goat cheese (RM16)

Artichoke & Sun-dried Tomatoes (RM18)

Anchovies marinated in Olive Oil (RM22)

Lardo (RM25) – Flavoured Tuscany Pork Lard

Jamon Iberico (RM45)

Salad Momotaro (RM15)

 

Do note that Sapore is open only from 2.00pm on Mondays to Fridays till late, 11.30pm. On weekends, it’s open from 10.00am till 11.30pm. So, if you find yourself feeling peckish and need some bites and drinks during this time, pop over to Sapore for some Italian, Spanish-Mediterranean love!

 

SAPORE
18 Persiaran Ampang
Desa Pahlawan
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 4266 6362

www.facebook.com/saporemy
Business hours:
Mon- Fri: 2.00pm – 11.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10.00am – 11.30pm 

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THE ST REGIS MACAO – why do I want to go back?

The St Regis Macao is one of the most memorable hotels I’ve ever stayed and it’s an experience I would certainly love to re-live. Without a doubt, the hotel is classy, elegant and spells luxury in every corner – and that is expected of The St Regis. Ever since the Astor family opened the first St Regis in New York in 1904, this golden standard stands steadfastly behind its branding.

But then there are so many luxurious hotels in Macao and many of them are very well known, too. So, why The St Regis Macao? Here are 3 good reasons why I yearn to go back to this great hotel…

 

 

The Location
The St Regis Macao is located right in the middle of The Cotai Strip, known as “Asia’s Las Vegas”. This dazzling city centre is home to some of the best brands in retail, gastronomy and world-class entertainment like “House of Dancing Water” which is just across the road from The St Regis Macao. This is a must-watch show when in Macao and is worth every dollar of the ticket price.

For a bit of luxury retail therapy, there are plenty of shopping to be done in the Cotai Strip – most of the hotels there have shopping arcades inside them. For example, the vast shopping arcade at the Sheraton Grand Macao and the well-known Grand Canal Shoppes inside the famous Venetian Hotel, just a short walk away from The St Regis Macao.

Shop till you drop at the Grand Canal Shoppes!

 

The Service
Impeccable service, as we all know, should be in the DNA of any 5-star hotel. One of the reasons why The St Regis Macao is known as a 6-star hotel is: not only does it have impeccable service, they are well-known for their personalised service! Yes, it’s more than just courtesy, there’s actually lots of sincerity and warmth in their service.

The stunning Reception counters

From the moment you step into the hotel, it’s as if you have come home, because every one of the service staff there knows you by name. Your butler attends to whatever requests you may have and every task is carried out professionally and discreetly. If you are not used to having your luggage unpacked, well, get used to it at The St Regis!

The lovely suites – pampered to the max!

 

The Food
Food at The Manor in The St Regis Macao was marvellous. The quality of the food was unrivalled and one of my best dinners was the degustation meal I had there last year.

How can one ever forget such exquisiteness?

Afternoon Tea, anyone?

And of course, The St Regis’ iconic cocktail, Bloody Mary!

I’m told that The Manor now serves a really lavish Sunday Brunch, an experience that’s certain to delight even the most discerning palate! And if you are a seafood fan, there’s all the more reason to book a table for this. The brunch features a sumptuous range of the freshest seafood, Boston lobster-themed dishes, prime meat and gourmet delicacies, along with free-flowing wines, punches and sangrias, juices and soft drinks – it’s the perfect way to enjoy a truly decadent Sunday afternoon with family and friends

Boston Lobster Thermidor – yes, you can indulge in these at the Sunday Brunch!

Have you ever tried an Italian Fassone Beef Fiorentina T-Bone?

 

Being the glutton that I am, it’s always the food that holds the dearest memories for me… so yeah, I do miss the splendid meals at The St Regis Macao. And if you are a food lover like me, you’d totally agree after a great meal there.  These are the main reasons why The St Regis Macao has had such an impression on me and I would so love to go back and re-live the splendour!  One can never have enough of such pampering 🙂

 

 

THE ST REGIS MACAO
Estrada Do Istmo. S/N
Cotai
Macau
Tel: 00853-2882-8898
www.stregismacao.com

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IMPERIAL DIM SUM BRUNCH @ CELESTIAL COURT, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

There’s a reason why they call it the Imperial” Dim Sum Brunch at Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur (and not because of the hotel’s name!). The variety and quality of the items listed in the special dim sum menu sure measure up to a royal feast. Happening every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, this dim sum brunch is an excellent way to bond with family and friends over good food.

The dim sum dishes are all cooked upon order, so every dish comes to the table freshly cooked and piping hot. You can order as many times as you can stomach, except for the 3 “Luxury Crafted Delights” where only one serving is given per diner.

The 3 premium dishes are Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Mini Whole Abalone & Mushroom, Wok-fried Chilli Crab and Peking Duck Roll. While the soup was nutritiously comforting and the Peking Duck Roll was okay, it was the Chilli Crab that left a deeper impression. The flower crab was really fresh and sweet and the sauce coating the crab pieces was perfectly flavoursome. It’s the first time I’ve had chilli crabs at a dim sum meal and who says that’s not a good idea? I think it’s a brilliant idea!

Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Mini Whole Abalone & Mushroom

Wok-fried Chilli Crab

Peking Duck Roll

Whether they are steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried or baked, Chef Ken Liew ensures his array of traditional and innovative dim sum meets the mark. With more than 70 items to choose from, we pretty much had a hard time to narrow it down to our favourites because there were just so many dishes that we wanted to try!

The dim sum brunch not only offers dim sum but also a la carte dishes whipped up by Chef Ho Boon. There are soups, vegetables, poultry, seafood specials, rice and noodles to fill you up. Can you imagine the dilemma we were in when we were there recently?

Prawn & Banana Rolls with Wasabi Mayo

We started off with some of Chef Ken’s signature items like Seafood Grouper Century Egg Dumpling, Prawn & Banana Roll with Wasabi Mayo, “Ham Shui Kok”, Crystal Spinach Dumpling with Prawns & Scallops, Steamed Buns with Honey BBQ Chicken, Phoenix Claws with XO Sauce and Stewed Peanuts and Deep-fried Stuffed Chinese Crullers with Tom Yum Mayo.

Seafood Grouper Century Egg Dumpling

Ham Sui Kok

Steamed Buns with Honey BBQ Chicken

Phoenix Claws with XO Sauce & Stewed Peanuts

Deep-fried Stuffed Chinese Crullers with Tom Yum Mayo

Crystal Spinach Dumpling with Prawns & Scallops

 

We then chose some of the heavier a la carte dishes and we really had to choose very carefully as the selection held a wide variety. We zoomed in to these…

Sesame Prawns with Minced Nutmeg & Mayo


Deep-fried Chicken Wings with Preserved Beancurd


Smoked Duck Breast


Crispy River Prawns with Salt & Pepper


Beef with Ginger & Scallions


Braised Beancurd & Bean Puffs

 

We barely had stomach space for a carb dish but then we really wanted to try the Celestial Court Special Fried Rice which was a healthy combo of glutinous rice, black glutinous rice, brown rice, barley & white rice!

 

There’s a good selection of desserts as well and we had to limit ourselves to these…

Chilled Herbal Jelly with Honey Sea Coconut

Thousand Layer Cake

Osmanthus Jelly with Aloe Vera


Crispy Banana Fritters with Pandan Lotus Paste

Glutinous Rice Balls with Black Sesame Paste coated with Crushed Peanuts – my favourite!

 

The Imperial Dim Sum Brunch is priced at RM138 nett per person and RM69 nett per child (9-12 years old). So on weekends & public holiday when you crave for dim sum, head on over to Celestial Court and indulge to your heart’s content. It’s available from 10.30am till 3.00pm… hey, that’s 4.5 hours of dim sum bliss!

 
CELESTIAL COURT
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2717-9900

*Pork-free

website: www.celestialcourtrestaurant.com

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Start your SEGAMAT FOOD TRAIL at VIP HOTEL!

Ipoh, Penang and Melaka are popular destinations for short breaks away from the city. The problem is these cities are so popular that on most weekends and public holidays, they will be crowded with holiday-makers thronging the well-known spots.

If you are tired of the above scenario, why not head down south to Segamat for that little break? Located just over 200km from Kuala Lumpur, a leisurely drive of about 3 hours would bring you to this little town. We used to have a neighbour who was from Segamat and we’ve always been told about how fantastic Segamat durians were and somehow that fact has always been in my mind. So when a few foodie friends decided to make a trip down to Segamat recently, we were looking forward to a great durian feast there.

Arriving on a Saturday morning, we easily found our way to VIP Hotel in Segamat. A very comfortable and cosy 3-star hotel and just about 10 minutes away from the town centre, VIP Hotel was perfect as our base during the food trip. This 3-star hotel has very decent comfortable rooms, a restaurant – The Chef, gym and the only swimming pool in Segamat. The hotel also has function rooms and a ballroom for meetings and events.

The rooms are all furnished in simple and comfortable hues, complete with tea/coffee facilities and free wi-fi. Breakfast is included in the hotel rates and I must say their restaurant, The Chef serves a good variety of breakfast items.

In fact, when you stay at the VIP Hotel, do have their Mee Rebus Udang and Laksa Johor, two of our favourite items on the menu. The gravies for both these noodles was thick and flavoursome – it’s clear the chef did not stinge on ingredients when preparing these two signature dishes. These two dishes are in our list of food not to be missed while in Segamat!

Delicious Mee Rebus Udang

Laksa Johor – love the thick rich broth, fragrant with spices & blended fish!

 

VIP HOTEL
Batu 1 Jalan Buloh Kasap
Segamat, Johor
Reservations Hotline: 07-931-2101
website: www.viphotel.com.my
As mentioned earlier, this was a food trip and with just two days at hand, we checked out as many popular food places in Segamat as we possibly could. Hotel VIP’s General Manager, Thomas was a great help in pointing us to the right directions!

Here are the other popular food places we checked out:

1. SELERA NASI BERINGIN
24 Jalan Utama 2/7
Taman Utama
85000 Segamat
Tel: 012-848-8055

Do ensure that you come here early as the place would be packed during peak meal hours. We were there before 12 noon so it was still bearable. The rice here was fluffy and lightly scented with spices and served with a variety of curries – chicken, beef and mutton curries/rendang, fried chicken and “ayam masak merah”. The rice and curries were dished out on pretty enamel platters, adding a touch of nostalgia to the experience.


2. KEDAI MAKAN ASAM PEDAS SUKAKU
49-51 Jalan Putra
Bandar Putra, Segamat

Asam pedas is very popular down south, especially in Melaka and Johor. By its very name, you’d think it’s found in Malay eateries but hey no, it’s equally if not more loved by the Chinese as well. This restaurant is a typical “tai-chow” kinda joint and judging by the crowd, it’s immensely well-known in the area.

Reigning centre-stage was of course the Asam Pedas Snapper (RM49.50) we ordered, a meaty fish big enough for us 8 adults. The spicy and tangy “asam pedas” gravy with fragrant traces of “kaun kesom” had us flooding the rice with it.

Another signature fishy dish here was the “ikan lidah”, aka Tongue Sole (RM22/9pcs). Crispily fried, the flat thin fish was crunchy to the bite, yielding soft flaky beneath. It’s so addictive that one was never enough and we had to order a second portion to satisfy us! Other popular dishes here are Curry Fish Head, Otak-otak and their Squids & Prawns Sambal is a real killer!

 

 

3. ROTI CANAI KG TENGAH
Jalan Cheng Kuok Tong
Segamat
Tel: 07-932-2681

In Segamat, it’s amazing how assimilated the various ethnic cuisines are and there’s really no boundary where food is concerned. In Kg Tengah, there’s this immensely popular and famous roti canai eatery that’s owned and run by a Chinese family! The Chinese uncle flips the roti better than many mamaks I’ve seen, seriously. The roti canai is light and fluffy while crispy on the outside and the thick dhall curry together with their tangy spicy fish curry are absolutely spot-on!

After polishing off several of their roti, we also tried their fried noodles, nasi lemak and soft-boiled eggs for a super hearty breakfast.


4. YIK KEE WANTAN MEE
259 Jalan Pee Keng Hai
Segamat
Open from 10.30am daily

If roti canai and nasi lemak are not your cup of tea, then how about some good old wantan mee? Yik Kee is one of the more well-established wantan mee operators in Segamat and I’m told there are several outlets in the town as the business is run by a big family.

We arrived at this outlet just they were opening up for the day so we didn’t have to jostle with others for a table. Plates of their signature “kon lo meen” (wantan noodles tossed in sauce) appeared quickly on our table. Slices of red-hued char siu topped the big pile of noodles. It’s not the best char siu around but I liked the “QQ” al dente texture of the wantan mee. At RM4.30 for a generous portion, it’s good value for money, for sure.

 

5. AYAM  GORENG McDOTA
14 Jalan Ros
Kampung Abdullah
Segamat

It’s a Segamat thing – this Ayam Goreng McDota which is immensely popular with the locals. The chicken skin is very crispy as the thin flavoured batter covering the chicken pieces has all the right elements. Served with coleslaw, mashed potatoes and a bun, it’s a complete meal by itself.

Can’t say No to fried chicken!

6. LENG KEE BAK KUT TEH
2 Jalan Salim
Kampung Abdullah
Segamat

Bak Kut Teh in Johor is quite different from the Klang version. The soup is lighter and so are the herbal flavours. Unlike the darker and thicker Klang BKT, the southern version has more delicate flavours but with stronger peppery taste.

Leng Kee’s BKT subscribes to the southern recipe. Besides BKT, Leng Kee’s signature “bak kee” is another hit. It’s a porky soup cooked with thin slices of pork covered in tapioca flour so each piece of meat has a delightfully smooth slippery texture. Innards are added in for good measure, so together with some fried shallots and chopped spring onions, a huge bowl of the bak kee was polished off effortlessly.

We had bowls of yam rice and blanched yellow noodles with the bak kut teh and bak kee – a truly memorable porky meal in Segamat!

 
7. OLD STREET 23
70 Jalan Sultan
Segamat
Tel: 07-932-5501

This quaint little cafe is busy at all hours of the day. The menu offers a good selection of light meals, snacks and desserts. Feeling a bit peckish in the afternoon, we were here for their Song Hua “pan meen”, a popular noodles dish. The long frilly ribbon-like flat noodles were cooked in a tasty umami broth with simple condiments like fish balls, pork balls and some greens – comfort food at its best.

Check out the Pork Satay at Old Street 23!

8. GERAI KARIPAP
Jalan Tengku Ahmad
Old Town, Segamat
*Open from 2pm onwards

Look out for these colourful stalls under an “Edwin” signage!

We heard about this famous curry puffs stall in the Old Town of Segamat and we made our way there looking for it. Opened from 2pm onwards, the round-shaped deep-fried puffs had either fillings of curry potatoes or chilli sardines. We had to wait for a bit as the stall-owner was busy frying batches of the puffs and we had ours packed piping hot from the wok.

Biting into the hot puffs, I could understand why those pastries, bursting with delicious filling, are such a hit! Check out also the vadai stall next to it – the vadais are really good too.
9. DOLLAND FOOD COURT
Jalan Samsu
Kg Abdullah
Segamat

There are 3 huge food courts next to each other along Jalan Samsu and these are where the locals flock to for their favourite hawker food. We zoomed in to Dolland Food Court for the Oyster Omelette (“orh chien”). The eggy and slightly-starchy omelette tossed with plump oysters made a good snack, even just after dinner!


10. Kedai Biskut GIOK KIM
13 Jalan Bistari 4/8
Taman Yayasan
Segamat

Before we left Segamat, we wanted to buy some local biscuits to bring home. Kedai Biskut Giok Kim sells a good variety of biscuits, pastries and eggy sponge cakes. Good for self consumption or as gifts for family and friends, it’s worthwhile stopping by this biscuits shop.

 

So, with the school holidays coming up soon or even for the next long weekend, why not take a leisurely drive down south to Segamat, explore the town and go on a food hunt – there’s more to discover besides the above, I’m sure!

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DINING AT LEXIS HIBISCUS, PORT DICKSON

The past week had been a crazy busy time at Lexis Hibiscus. Droves of holiday-makers thronged the walkways, clambering all over the leaves, petals and stigmas of the hibiscus – it was the Malaysian school break. Thank goodness there’s now some peace and sanity back at the resort! It isn’t surprising that Lexis Hibiscus is now one of the top resorts for families to head to. Do check out my earlier post here to understand why Lexis Hibiscus is so popular with everyone in the family!

Malaysians love their food and they love it even more when they are on vacation. Now this is something Lexis Hibiscus appreciates – the resort’s F&B outlets do dish out delicious fares to feed its hungry guests. While we were there, we didn’t get to dine in all the outlets – it simply was a case of too much food too little tummy capacity and too little time! Our dining experiences during that visit was limited to only 3 venues but these 3 venues alone left a good variety of memorable eats for us.

ROSELLE COFFEE HOUSE

At the resort’s all-day dining restaurant, it’s busy from breakfast to dinner, every day. For that reason, it’s always lively and vibrant. Buffets are available during breakfast and dinner while lunch is usually served a la carte. During our stay there, we actually ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at Roselle (on different days, of course!)

Food selection at the breakfast buffet ranges from local staples to regular western items. The banana-leaf-wrapped packets of nasi lemak were really good – be prepared to devour more than 1 packet as they were rather petite in size.

 

On Fridays there’s a BBQ Buffet Dinner and that was like music to our ears. Fresh seafood and marinated meats were all laid out to be grilled on the spot. The lamb chops got the popular vote among us – the tender juicy meaty chops kept appearing at our tables!  I must say, the Lexis Hibiscus chefs can cook up some real mean lamb!

 

You know how physical activities can really build up the appetite. After a whole morning of cycling, shooting arrows and going round the resort endlessly on those Segways, boy – did we work up an appetite! Our growling stomachs directed us quickly back to Roselle where we had a satisfying lunch checking-out some of their signature dishes…

Start with some complimentary crackers with condiments

Garden Salad

Beef Burger

Fish & Chips

Seared Norwegian Salmon

Grilled Lamb Chop

 

UMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

As fans of Japanese food, we were delighted that Lexis Hibiscus houses a Japanese restaurant! Umi (meaning “sea” in Japanese – how apt!) serves a comprehensive range of popular Japanese items like tempura, sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and other seasonal specialties. During weekends, guests get to indulge on their buffet dinner. We checked that out as well as some of the chef’s signature a la carte dishes…

Unagi Roll

Gyoza Kawa no Kani (Crabmeat Gyoza) 

Grilled BlackCod

Desserts from the buffet counters

 

LIGHTHOUSE BAR

Guests who are booked to stay at Panorama Pool Villas and the suites can do their check-in at the Lighthouse Club, a glass-clad circular building located in the middle of the hibiscus petals. There’s plenty of colourful sofas to chill-out while waiting for the paperwork to be done.

We took the lift up to the highest floor and the Lighthouse Bar greeted us. Our table by the glass windows accorded breathtaking views of the seascape beyond. As it was late afternoon and we were feeling peckish, we tried their Afternoon Cocktails which served their house concoctions and accompanied by platters of snacks and pastries.

 
WAVE DINING

On the last day of our stay, we slept in a bit and decided to go for brunch at Wave Dining. This restaurant is dedicated to gastronomic western dining where guests get to indulge the chef’s degustation menu on a romantic and leisurely pace. This time round we only had time to savour their brunch.

The chic contemporary dining space was very inviting and we took our time ordering from the brunch a la carte menu.

Baskets of freshly-baked pastries and freshly-toasted sliced bread made their way to our table. These were followed by miniature bottles of jam and swirls of butter – a lethal combination, honestly. We just couldn’t stop reaching for these goodies while waiting for our hot food.

Hot dishes prepared upon order, for the brunch…

 

Suitably satiated and with some full happy stomachs, it was time to say adieu to Lexis Hibiscus (but we will be back!), a resort with heart, fun activities and very decent food – perfect for that short getaway from the city.

 
LEXIS HIBISCUS
12th Mile Jalan Pantai
71250 Pasir Panjang
Negeri Sembilan
Tel: +606-660-2626
email: reservations@lexishibiscuspd.com

More information on their website: www.lexishibiscuspd.com

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BOSS CURRY HOUSE, Bkt Rimau, Shah Alam

Right here in my neighbourhood there’s this curry house that has been serving crowds in its modest premises. Serving Chettinad-style mixed with other Southern Indian dishes, food here is displayed in vegetarian and non-vegetarian shelves. Service is brisk and friendly and together with the very decent dishes, so it’s not hard to see why this place has been packing in the crowds.

We have tried both their lunch and breakfast offerings and have been impressed with the quality. A standard set of banana leaf rice costs RM7 – unlimited rice with vegetarian items and loads of curry gravies. It also comes with resam and a dessert – we had the carrot keseri.

Standard set of Banana Leaf Rice

Of course we had to order more dishes to go with our standard banana leaf rice. Everything on their shelves looked good and we had a tough time deciding. In the end, we ordered fried chicken wings (RM4.80 each), mutton masala (RM8), chicken kicap (RM6.50), deep-fried sotong (RM6) and my must-have deep-fried bittergourd (RM2).

Mutton Masala (RM8)

Chicken Kicap (RM6)

Deep-fried crunchy Bittergourd (RM2)

Deep-fried Chicken Wings (RM9.60 for 2 pieces)

Despite the full-house on a weekend lunch hour, service was pretty quick. Before long, all our dishes appeared and buckets of fish, chicken and dhall curry were left on our table, for unlimited flooding of our rice. Their fish curry came with generous amounts of vegetable in it, like brinjals, tomatoes and Indian beans.

Fried Squids (RM6)

The squids were fried only upon order. Although the portion was kinda small, it more than made up with freshness and flavour. The squid rings were well-marinated and had a nice fresh bouncy texture.

Vadai with Coconut Chutney

At breakfast time, favourites like roti, thosai, string hoppers, vadai and idli are available. Their roti could have been better, ie thinner and crispier but their thosai was spot-on. My rawa thosai was beautifully thin, crisp and lacy, dotted with chopped carrots and onions. I love how their dhall curry was thick and tasty, perfect with the roti and thosai! Their mint chutney was really good too.

Prices are decent, portions generous (particularly the mutton and chicken dishes) so it’s easy to see why this place is a big hit with the residents around.

Good variety of Indian desserts are available too

By the way, check out their curry puffs too – available only in the afternoon, around 1pm.  Freshly fried, the curry puffs were bursting with delicious vegetarian fillings and it’s only RM0.80 per piece!  So affordable and yummy!

 

BOSS CURRY HOUSE
22A Jalan Sungei Burung Y32/Y
Seksyen 32, Bukit Rimau
40460 Shah Alam

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